The Friend of My Enemy

The road to a solution for America’s Iran problem runs through Moscow. How to think about the costs—and benefits.

Issue: May-June 2008

THERE ARE few issues that cause greater friction in U.S.-Russian relations than Iran's nuclear-weapons program. President Bush and other senior administration officials see Russia as critical to pressuring Iran to abandon this program and claim that Russia and the United States are working closely together toward that common strategic goal, although, they admit, there are differences over tactics. But most senior officials who work on proliferation issues, many on the Hill and much of the American political establishment-even if they accept that Russia is critical to dealing with Iran-believe that it is consciously abetting Iran's nuclear-weapons program.

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